Having a COVID-Free Holiday Season


The Scotsman

Traditions might have to be put on pause for the 2020 holiday season.

  COVID-19 cases are rising and even though the holiday season is just around the corner, it is important to keep your friends and family safe while celebrating. 

  In order to prevent the spread of the virus, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has made an order for people to stay in their homes between 5:00 a.m., and 10:00 p.m.. The curfew will take effect on Friday, December 10. 


Have a virtual celebration:

  While people typically travel for the holidays and visit with family, the year 2020 has made that tradition a scary and stressful way to celebrate. The Center for Disease Control And Prevention is urging people to stay home for the holidays. In a news briefing, Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager said, “The best thing for Americans to do in the upcoming holiday season is to stay at home and not travel.” Using an application like Zoom is a great way to be jolly with your family and keep everyone healthy while not having to worry about coming in contact with anyone. 


Do your Christmas shopping online:

  Many stores have big Christmas sales going on which means people might be pressured to go into stores. Online shopping is a great alternative and while it might not be the same experience, shopping online can help you get your gifts while being cautious and still spreading the joy that comes with the season of giving. 


Go see a drive-in movie:

  Many places such as Raleigh Road Outdoor Theater and Capital Drive In are hosting outdoor screenings of holiday movies that you can enjoy with loved ones in a socially-distanced and safe environment.  


Bake some holiday treats:

  There has never been a better time to put on holiday music and make your favorite treats. Baking holiday treats might not sound appealing to some but having the right people to do it with can make the experience cheerful.


Look at Christmas lights:

  Driving around town and looking at all of the Christmas decorations people have put up is an excellent way to get in the spirit while staying safe. Many people have put up their decorations early as Staff Writer Katie Moore pointed out in her article Lighting Up The Christmas Season Extra Early


  The traditions of the holiday season are important to everyone, but this year we will all have to adapt to the new circumstances in response to COVID-19. With that said, there is no reason the new traditions can’t be as exciting as the old.